January 13, 2011
By Adam Bink
Here’s Tim Pawlenty on Bryan Fischer’s radio show:
FISCHER: We just saw the ban on homosexual service in the military repealed, overturned. Conservatives will be working over the next couple of years to see that that ban is reinstated. If you become president in 2012, will you work to reinstate the prohibition on open homosexual service in the military? Would you sign such a prohibition if it got to your desk?
PAWLENTY: Bryan, I have been a public and repeat supporter of maintaining Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. There’s a lot of reasons for that, but if you look at how the combat commanders and the combat units feel about it, the results of those kinds of surveys were different than the ones that were mostly reported in the newspaper and that is something I think we need to pay attention to. But I have been a public supporter of maintaining Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and I would support reinstating it as well.
Wow. The numbers put public support for real in the mid-70s- maybe higher, now that the bill is signed. Pawlenty is talking to the hardest of hardcore. And once you dig down into people who actually give a crap about the issue enough to prioritize it in their selection of a presidential candidate, you really get into the fringiest of fringe. How big is that choir to which he preaches? He must think that’s in the Iowa caucus, and it’s true there is a solid element of that in the state, but I wonder how much it offsets with people who think Pawlenty is plainly out-of-touch.
And on the public policy aspects of it, what are you going to do in the year 2013, President Tim, fire scores of gay and lesbian servicemembers who came out under the revised regulations?